Hello and welcome to my moth Blog. I now reside in a small village in East Cambridgeshire called Fordham. My Blog's aim is to promote and encourage others to participate in the wonderful hobby that is Moth-trapping.
Moth records are vital for building a picture of our ecosystem around us, as they really are the bottom of the food chain. They are an excellent early indicator of how healthy a habitat is. I openly encourage people to share their findings via social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
So why do we do it? well for some people it is to get an insight into the world of Moths, for others it is to build a list of species much like 'Twitching' in the Bird world. The reason I do it....you just never know what you might find when you open up that trap! I hope to show what different species inhabit Cambridgeshire and neighbouring counties.
On this Blog you will find up-to-date records and pictures.
I run a trap regularly in my garden and also enjoy doing field trips to various localities over several different counties.
Please also check out the links in the sidebar to the right for other people's Blogs and informative Websites.
Thanks for looking and happy Mothing!


NFY = New Species For The Year
NFG = New Species For The Garden
NEW! = New Species For My Records

Any Species highlighted in RED signifies a totally new species for my records.

If you have any questions or enquiries then please feel free to email me
Contact Email : bensale@rocketmail.com

My Latest Notables and Rarities

Wednesday 15 June 2011

Catch Report - 14/06/11 - Farmland/Back Garden

Having now moved back to my parents Farm, I now have 10 acres of set aside land to set some traps around.
Last night I used just one trap and had a great haul of moths once again including 2 new species, Clouded-bordered Brindle ( a bit worn) and a stunningly fresh Sitochroa verticalis, a local Pyralid species.
The migrant Dark Sword-grass was also very welcome.

The night was warm but the skies did clear for a time. The temperature hovered around 15c which was just right and with little breeze which helped.

Catch Report - 14/06/11 - 1x 125w MV Robinson Trap - Farmland/back garden Macro Moths

1x Clouded-bordered Brindle [NEW!]
1x Fern
3x Treble Brown Spot
1x Light Arches
2x Blotched Emerald
32x Heart & Dart
2x Burnished Brass
12x Setaceous Hebrew Character
15x Uncertain
6x Clouded Silver
2x Small Yellow Wave
9x Barred Straw
2x Brown Rustic
3x Rustic Shoulder-knot
2x Treble Brown Spot
19x Nutmeg
7x Common Footman
2x Common Wainscot
1x Eyed Hawk-moth
1x Lime Hawk-moth
2x Straw Dot
1x Riband Wave
1x Common Carpet
1x Fan-foot
1x Turnip Moth
2x White Ermine
1x Angle Shades
1x Light Arches
1x Small Waved Umber
1x Blotched Emerald
1x Brown-tail
3x Clouded Brindle
2x Cinnabar
1x Heart & Club
1x Willow Beauty
2x Mottled Beauty
3x Flame
8x Beautiful Hook-tip
1x Scorched Carpet
3x Large Yellow Underwing
1x Snout
1x Garden Carpet
2x Scorched Wing
1x Common Swift
6x Ingrailed Clay
2x Marbled Minor
3x Double Square-spot
1x Common Pug
1x Common Emerald
2x Dark Arches
1x Dark Sword-grass
1x Pale Prominent
3x Large Nutmeg
1x Grey Pug
2x Mottled Rustic
1x Brimstone Moth

Clouded-bordered Brindle

Blotched Emerald

Light Arches

Micro Moths

1x Sitochroa verticalis [NEW!]
4x Aleimma loeflingiana
1x Prays fraxinella
3x Eurrhypara hortulata
1x Emmelina monodactyla
2x Pterophorus pentadactyla
1x Celypha rosaceana
12x Celypha lacunana
2x Celypha striana
2x Hedya pruniana
1x Ancylis badiana
1x Homoeosome sinuella
5x Epiblema uddmanniana
4x Cnephasia sp.
13x Udea olivalis
1x Ypsolopha ustella
2x Scrobipalpa costella
2x Cochylis nana
3x Pandemis heparana
5x Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
2x Tortrix viridana
1x Eucosma cana
5x Crambus lathoniellus
2x Crambus perlella
1x Scoparia ambigualis
3x Eudonia mercurella
5x Blastobasis laticollela
1x Agapeta hamana

Sitochroa verticalis

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